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A few thoughts…
When I was young, watching
my mother and others paint, it moved me toward wanting to learn more about painting
to pursue an art career. As a young student thinking only as a painter and
sculptor, I never contemplated other ways to make my art. Over the years, oils,
and acrylics have been my main mediums, but some newer works are with enamels.
Landscapes will always be my favorite subject matter, but I have never shied
away from an abstract thought. In my junior year as an undergraduate I was
introduced to printmaking, and my entire world changed about making art.
Whether etching plates to make limited editions, mono-prints, mono-types, or working a lithograph, a
wood block, or a mixed media piece, I began to see the beautiful and innovative
ways I could create work with this new medium. So instead of graduate school, I
jumped right in and purchased a Charles Brand Etching press and opened my own
studio, Southern Printworks, where I have continued to paint and make original
prints for over 30 years. I guess we all have a moment of truth on how to pursue
a creative path, and by committing to this large purchase, it was my moment of
truth. I understand now it was the only choice because, to this day, I haven’t looked back.
Over the years I have realized
you can spend your art career focusing on the nuance of one process, which many
artists find very rewarding. Or you can use that information and leap into the
unknown, in new directions, to learn other mediums and to change things up. With
my paintings, I use varied surfaces - canvas, paper, panels, and plexiglass –
and vary the subject matter among landscapes, floral's, and abstracts – keeping
things interesting for me and the viewer.
With printmaking, I often introduce color into my limited-edition
etchings, using acrylic washes to create a stronger original print. I use multiple etched plates to produce dynamic
images with unique combinations of color, shapes, and design to create one of a
kind mono prints or, painting on metal and plexiglass allowing me to create one
of a kind mono-types. Printmaking, painting, and sculpture are the mediums I will
continue to focus on and I will see where it leads me. So here I am, years later, still learning and
developing innovative ways to make my art and try to become a better artist
along the way. It has been a fun ride, so far. Enjoy!
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